Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science)

  • Upcoming start dates

    Semester 2 - 15 Jul 2024

    November Summer School - 11 Nov 2024

    Semester 1 - 17 Feb 2025

  • Qualification


  • Duration

    3 years full-time

  • Credits


  • Location

    Lincoln University Campus

Growing populations and damaging environmental practices are putting our planet under extreme pressure. Now more than ever before, there is a need for knowledgeable scientists to apply passion, skills and understanding to restoring waterways, land, natural habitats and biodiversity, and to plant the seeds for a more balanced future in partnership with nature and the land.

This Lincoln University degree, majoring in Environmental Science, will give you a firm grounding in all relevant sciences that relate to the natural environment. You’ll learn about the impacts of land use, the natural processes in soil and water,  and what is required to protect and restore the environment for future generations. Your studies can be complemented with elective courses that relate to the economy, society and environmental science, so you expand your ability to have a meaningful impact on some of the most important work that is needed today.

How you’ll grow

  • Develop a scientific understanding of major challenges such as climate change and species extinction, along with the effects of intensive land and water use driven by industrialisation and rapid population growth
  • Build a base of practical experience working with the land and water issues you’ll meet in the future, either in New Zealand or overseas
  • Absorb the knowledge of world-class scientists spearheading research into sustainable and restorative land use practices
  • Put your learning to work by ensuring sustainable outcomes and behaviours in New Zealand and beyond.

Career opportunities

You’ll sow the seeds that lead to a wide range of opportunities. Demand is growing for scientific credentials in land and water resource science, irrigation technology, climate change mitigation, groundwater and critical zone monitoring, degraded land restoration, wetland chemistry and management, environmental advocacy and policy making for government. Your potential employers include government organisations, local and regional councils, environmental consulting organisations, irrigation companies and primary production industries.

The Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) has given me a grounding in all the necessary areas, but has the flexibility to let me focus on areas that I’m particularly interested in (like soil and water) I feel really well set up to launch my career and do some good.

Jennifer Tregurtha

Bachelor of Science - Environmental Science major

Upon successful completion of this degree programme, you will be awarded a Bachelor of Science with an Environmental Science major.


Programme information

Programme Structure

  • Compulsory courses
  • Elective courses

This degree structure is indicative only.  A course advisor will help you to select your electives and plan your degree. You can check out our courses to see what electives might interest you.


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Programme contacts

Nik Lehto

Associate Professor Niklas Lehto

Associate Professor
Carol Smith

Associate Professor Carol Smith

Head of Department

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